Coconut Curry Mussels

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I enjoy Thai food. I mean who doesn’t ???

This is a mild dish that is not only plenty of delicious fresh mussels, but kinda doubles as a soup too. It has wonderful flavors of smooth subtle coconut milk curry, with hints of ginger, lime, and shallots. Topped off with fresh chopped cilantro …. and served with baguette slices. Heaven in a bowl.

Ingredients : (serves 4 as a meal – 6 to 8 as an appetizer)

  • 2-1/2 lbs of fresh cleaned and de-bearded  mussels
  • 2 Tbsps of Canola oil
  • 3/4 Cup Diced Shallots
  • 2 Tbsps Minced Garlic
  • 2 Diced Red Bell Peppers
  • 1/3 Cup Red Curry Paste
  • 2 Tsps Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 1/8 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Can of Coconut Milk (15oz cans)
  • 2 Tbsps Fresh Lime Juice
  • Cup of Cilantro for chopping and sprinkling just before serving
  • salt to taste if desired
  • Lime Wedges for serving
  • Baguette for the soup left over

 

Directions :

  1. In a 4-quart pot over medium heat, warm the canola oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the shallots and bell pepper and sauté until the shallots are translucent and the bell pepper is soft, (3 to 4 minutes.)
  2. Add the curry paste, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds. Add the coconut milk,  and lime juice and bring a boil.
  3. Add the mussels to the pan, discarding any that do not close to the touch. Cover the pan and steam the mussels until they open, lightly stir occasionally so they cook evenly, 4 to 6 minutes. Discard any unopened mussels. Season to taste with salt.
  4. To serve, spoon the mussels into  soup bowls, ladle some of the broth over them and sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve with lime wedges alongside.

 

Pickled Eggs with Beets

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Being from Pa and loving Amish foods pickled beets are one of my favorite things to eat of all time. I cant remember a holiday dinner growing up without my grandmother making a huge jar of them. If you have never tried them you should. You can eat them just as they are, incorporate them in salads, or just for hors d’ouevres plates. They are also a good source of protein and diet friendly ….. if your into that kind of thing 😉

Ingredients:

  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 cans whole beets
  • 12 hard-cooked eggs (peeled)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Make 12 hard boiled eggs, then peel. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_perfect_hard_boiled_eggs/
  2. Drain beets, but save the juice !!  Place beets and eggs in a large container of your choice.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, vinegar and reserved beet juice to a boil. Pour over beets and eggs while hot and cool on counter top until room temp .
  4. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 48 hours before serving.

Tuna Ceviche … (from canned tuna!)

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I love ceviche, especially on hot days chased by a Corona with lime. It’s heaven. I saw a similar recipe and added my own pizzazz to it and it fabulous for a light lunch or appetizer at dinner. I like tuna from a can and if you do, to this may float your boat 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh Limes
  • 2 Tablespoons minced Red Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 (7 oz) can Chunk White Albacore Tuna packed in water
  • 1 medium  plum tomato, finely diced (no seeds)
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh finely chopped Cilantro
  • 1 small Jalapeno minced (no seeds)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Tabasco (few drops to taste)
  • 2 Avocados either sliced or scooped large ones to use as cups for Ceviche

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, pinch of salt, juice of 1 lime and olive oil.
  2. Mix in the chopped cilantro, jalapeno, drained tuna, tomato, and Tabasco.
  3. Taste test for more lime or salt and pepper and add according to your taste (I love lime so I use the second lime)
  4. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes to let the flavors blend. To serve, top with fresh sliced avocado, on inside avocado cups, and serve.

Maryland Crab Dip

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Now that I am living in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay  half of the year,  I find myself liking crab a tad more. Im still not a big “picker” but I do enjoy lump crab to add to soups , dips, and stuffings. I think crab dip has to be one of my favorites …. I usually don’t even want to share. I do truly believe that your only making it right if you are making it from a Maryland recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4  cup  sour cream
  • 8 0z of plain cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder (do not use garlic salt)
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 3/4 cup sharp, or reg cheddar cheese ( I use sharp )
  • Old Bay or J. O. ‘s seasoning

Directions:

  1. Mix together sour cream, onion, Worcestershire,  mustard, garlic powder, lemon juice, and cream cheese. Mix really well.

  2. Fold in cheddar cheese and lump crabmeat. ( Save just a little cheese to sprinkle on top )

  3. Spoon mixture into an oven safe dish and sprinkle top with some cheese, plus J. O.  or Old Bay Seasoning.

  4. Bake at 325 * for 35 minutes uncovered.

Serve in a small bread bowl or just in the dish with crackers or toasted breads ….. enjoy !!!

 

Soft Pretzels

 

You can make your own soft pretzels at home, they arent hard to make and it’s something the kids love to do 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1- 1/2 cups of  water, warmed slightly
  • 2- 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  •  2- 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of coarse salt, sesame seeds, cinnamon and sugar, or whatever you chose for topping

Directions:

  1. Make the dough: Coat a large bowl with vegetable oil and set aside. Combine the water, yeast, and sugar in a large mixing bowl, stir until yeast dissolves, and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, butter, molasses, and 2 teaspoons salt. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead — incorporating additional flour as necessary — until dough is smooth and elastic — about 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to the prepared bowl, turning to coat all sides with oil. Cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel and set aside to rise in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in volume — about 1 hour.
  2. Shape the pretzels: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Punch down dough, turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 5 minutes. Divide into 15 two-ounce pieces. Form each piece into a ball, roll each ball out to a 1/2-inch-thick “rope,” and twist each rope into a pretzel shape. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes. Whisk together the egg white, 1 tablespoon water, and the remaining salt in a small bowl and set aside. Bring 4 cups of water and baking soda to a boil. Poach pretzels 2 at a time for 30 seconds on each side. Transfer pretzels to a parchment-lined baking pan, brush lightly with the egg-white mixture, and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Bake until golden — about 15 minutes. Serve warm with mustard’s, cheese sauce, or even chocolate sauce for dipping.  You can even flatten the pretzel before baking, that way after baking you can make pretzel sandwiches ….. 🙂

Homeade Baked French Fries

    

I’m not a big french fry eater, but when I do eat them I like them thick and filling. I prefer to make my own. They just go so well with a burger and soda …. I also prefer sweet potatoes to regular ones, they are healthier and tasty 🙂

  1. Cut 2 large potatoes into strips and toss with a little olive oil, some salt, and pepper.
  2. Bake at 425 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Flipping the around a little at about 15minutes.
  3. Let cool a minute or two … and thats it 🙂
I dip my reg fries in honey-mustard sauce –
  • 1 part honey
    1 part dijon mustard
    1 part mayonnaise
    dash of salt
    pinch of cayenne
    black pepper
    dash of  vinegar

The sweet potato fries I dip in sour cream or boring old ketchup 🙂

Chicken Tenders and Creamy Honey Mustard

Just tried this a week ago and liked it so much Im making it again today. Thank you Betty for this recipe !!!

     Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 cups Rice Crispy cereal
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1- 1/2 lbs of chicken tenders thawed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 medium carrots cut into long slices (optional)
  • 1 cucumber cut into long slices (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475*
  2. Place flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl
  3. Place egg in another bowl and beat well
  4. Crush rice crispies well by  hand or food processor and then mix with oil well until crumbs form and place in separate bowl.
  5. Coat chick strips first in flour, then with egg, and finally in cereal mix pressing down so it sticks.
  6. Place on a baking sheet and bake until light golden brown, appox 10-15minutes turning over once halfway through.
  7. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix together sour cream, mustard, and honey … season with salt and pepper if you like.
  8. Serve tenders and veggies with honey mustard sauce on the side for dipping …. its awesome 🙂